I am Not my Trauma: I have a Right to Be Well!
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About the Event
The Black Mental Health Alliance for Education and Consultation is pleased to partner with Behavioral Health Systems Baltimore and SAMHSA for this year’s National Violence Prevention Week! This Friday, May 14, we will have an event called “I am Not my Trauma: I have a right to be well! focusing on the daily themes of prevention including prescription drug and opioid misuse, underage drinking and alcohol misuse, illicit drug use, and marijuana use, youth tobacco use, and youth suicide.
The data suggests that Black youth and youth of color are less likely to abuse or depend on drugs when compared with white youth in the same age category. Although Black youth are less likely to use, their perceptions of use is that drugs enhanced functioning, provided entertainment, helped them to cope, and in some instances provided economic security.
In order for us to begin to question this, we must first address the systems that caused these substances to be prevalent in our communities in the first place! For generations, disinvestment in our communities, in addition to poor housing, violence, discrimination, and community disruption have led to depression, neglect, mental illness, incarceration and even substance abuse.
Join us for this special 1 hour event centering youth voice and experience on the topic of substance use and suicide while we answer the question, What is the recipe for Black Wellness in our cmmunities?